HTC has always been of the most innovative phone companies around, and they haven’t slowed down so far. They were the first company to build a 3G phone, the first to build a WiMax phone, and now they are the first to bring a LTE phone to USA.
LTE is a great advancement in mobile Internet connection and it bring speeds of up to 10 Mbps or more. In general, you’ll notice speeds about 10x faster than what you were used to on 3G connections. The good news is that for HTC Thunderbolt, Verizon won’t even raise their 4G/LTE prices. The data plans for unlimited 4G cost as much as the ones for 3G. All this gives the Thunderbolt a strong competitive advantage over all the other phones, and for anyone that needs a fast Internet connection on their phone, this is the one to get over anything else.
- OS: Android 2.2 (Froyo) with HTC Sense UI
- Processor: 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon (QSD8255), Adreno 205 GPU, and MDM9600 chipset for 3G/4G
- RAM: 768MB
- Storage: 8GB internal, 32GB microSD (pre-installed)
- Display: 4.3-inch WVGA with 480×800 resolution
- Battery: Lithium-ion with 1400 mAh capacity
- Ports: microUSB 2.0, 3.5mm audio jack, SIM slot
- Weight: 6.23 ounces
- Dimensions: 4.75 x 2.44 x 0.56 inches
- Camera: 8MP with auto-focus, dual LED flash, HD video capture, 1.3MP front-facing camera
- Sensors: Accelerometer, A-GPS, digital compass, proximity sensor, ambient light sensor
- Keyboard: Virtual QWERTY
- Networks: CDMA 800/1900Mhz (2G); CDMA2000 EV-DO (3G); 700Mhz LTE (4G)
- Wireless: Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n; Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR
- Tethering: USB + mobile Wi-Fi hotspot
- Price: $249 (with 2-year contract)
As you can see the HTC Thunderbolt isn’t exactly a powerhouse when it comes to high-end 2011 Android smartphones, since it doesn’t come with a dual core chip, and it does’t have a more advanced GPU either. This means it will be outperformed by the new dual-core phones in 2011 when it comes to running advanced apps, web page rendering and games. However, that doesn’t make it a slow phone, it’s something you need to keep in mind before you sign that 2 year contract, if you don’t want your phone to remain behind fast.
Another bigger issue you need to take into account is that although you’ll get blazing 10 Mbps speeds on HTC Thunderbolt, it also affects the battery life a lot, and if you keep the 4G on all the time, you’ll only get about 4h of battery life out of it. If you can manage to use 4G only when you need it instead of all the time, the HTC Thunderbolt is still one of the best phones you can buy this time of year.